July 27, 2017, Cumbria (England) Mail: Number of special educational needs children rises for first time since 2010 http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/article/Number-of-special-educational-needs-children-rises-for-first-time-since-2010-60176414-741f-45f2-8483-a507295a13c4-ds More than 1.2 million schoolchildren - around one in seven - have a special educational need, official figures show. The number of youngsters in England with a special need (SEN) has risen for the first time in seven years, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics. Boys are more likely to have an SEN than girls, and the most common is moderate learning difficulties. … It means that around 14.4% of schoolchildren in England - about one in seven - have a special need. This proportion has remained stable, government statisticians said. Of those with an SEN, the vast majority are on SEN support, the data shows, while 242,185 youngsters have a specific SEN statement or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. … Alison Ryan, senior policy adviser at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "Today's figures, on the provision for children and young people with special education needs and disability, raise difficult questions for the Government. "With 15,000 more pupils identified with SEN than last year, inadequate school funding and savage cuts to local authority support services it is increasingly impossible for many schools to provide suitable learning environments and support for the most vulnerable pupils. "This means the needs of some children are not being formally identified and others are not getting crucial support."